gALLERY OF LIFESTYLES:  lISA

Norman Rockwell depiction of a G.I. Telegrapher being trained has a serious tone in the painting. I observed that this depiction with the dark colors surrounding this portrait to me shows the dark days of World War I and also shows how serious his job is. The colors on this portrait with the dark shadows overall shows the seriousness of the painting. The gray features surrounding the soldier and the equipment to me may also show that this soldier may be trained during combat. In most of Norman Rockwell's paintings during both World War I and II show some military men and women in serious roles with the painting itself having gray highlights mixed in with the colors. What amazes me about this painting is the fact that there is seriousness with the soldiers job. Myself while I was in the military, took my job seriously and focused on the mission. That is how I can relate with the soldier in this painting. He focused on the mission.
The soft tones in this painting show a more relaxed and casual atmosphere. The people in this painting shows the lifestyle they lived back in the early 1800s. When relaxing this was their way of winding down and just having a moment to spend with friends and family. I also liked how nature is portrayed in a more heavenly like tone. It shows the people are not only relaxing but also experiencing the oneness with nature.
This to me shows how the artist views fish and their natural habitat. I am amazed at how mosaic art is so intricate and the time it takes to create it. The different kinds of fish in this artwork shows how the sea creatures come in various shapes and sizes. I don't know about what this artist experiences were when venturing out into the waters, but maybe this artist saw these different types of these animals in the sea and was amazed at how they lived under the ocean.
The Madonna and child were very popular portraits during the renaissance era. Most artists in those days depicted the mother Mary and child in various settings. This one in particular shows the Madonna and child looking elsewhere rather than looking straight at you. Maybe she saw something interesting. I also liked the colors that Marco d' Oggiono used to bring this lifelike portrait to life. The light and dark shades are so detailed making the painting look lifelike. I noticed the backdrop in the painting was not as important as the portrait itself.
This painting shows the various characters in the painting and how they are depicted surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus. Some of the women in this picture are seen either weeping, or falling apart. Some of the men are seen comforting these women. To me that shows that when Jesus was crucified, He commanded those that were weeping for Him to comfort each other. I can relate to this painting in that I know that when I am down, I can receive comfort from God or from my friends and family. That is when I need it the most. The soldiers in this painting looked like they were just carrying on with business as usual not really paying any attention to those that were weeping. They cared more about their job rather than the man's life. The dark shadows depict the sadness of the crucifixion.
This portrait reflects the softness and feministic qualities of the woman in this portrait. The colors are from chalk and pastel that would reflect the soft qualities of this portrait. It also brought out the soft complexion from the facial features to the soft strokes of the hair that resembles the true nature of the female back in that era. The different shades of chalk reflect not only the complexion but the expression of the female. The eyes in this portrait details how the female may feel about herself or may portray that she might be looking at someone romantically. I liked this portrait not only because of the feminine appearance but it represents that women don't have to be just hard and independent, but also have natural beauty and feministic qualities that come with this portrait. A gift that God gave me as a woman.
Johannes van Doetecum depicts overall small landscapes of the Netherlands. This painting involved etching and engraving on aid paper. I am amazed at how the thick lines combined with the dark lines resembles the shadows involved in this painting. Johannes depiction in this painting resembles the life on the farms in the Netherlands along with many other rural areas. The light shades along the landscape to me resembles a normal morning on the farm. If the landscape was at night then the lines and the etching would be a little thicker to resemble the darkness. I liked the fact that this drawing represents a simpler life on the farm. Learning how to naturally provide food and along with crops to the family and community. Mainly living off the farm rather than going to grocery stores to buy food.
The painting of Afrodite depicts herself as one who is isolated from society. The blues in this portrait also reveal the woman's maturity and how she feels about herself. The combination of blues, reds, and yellows depict not a darkness or sadness with the woman, but a level of self-confidence in her own isolation without the combination of feeling both isolated and sad, but feel isolated and secure about herself. One thing that was not described by others in this portrait is the small statue of a woman. This shows how the woman in this portrait is confident in who she is as a female and the beauty of being feminine. A quality that I myself strive to attain and be proud of. This picture is also a symbol of myself being able to dress up and present myself in a more dignified manner.
The grave-board of Nechtefmut is a monument and is representation of other monuments the Eqyptians erected. This wooden plaque belonged to the body of Nechtefmut. In this wooden plaque, the priest is offering incense to the god Re-Horachte. The priest is depicted as holding the cup and the god is depicted as half bird and half human. Egyptians back in those days depicted many different gods in the form of animals, human creatures or various other objects. They use these gods to bring prosperity both in the life and also in the afterlife. The purpose of the priest to offer incense to this god is in hopes that Nechtefmut's spirit will travel from the west to the east in hopes of being reborn and become an actual sun god. The amazing thing about the Egyptians back in those days were their intent on worshipping various gods for prosperity. The Old Testament depicts many gods during the Eqyptian era where Egyptians worshipped and even sacrificed human beings for personal gain. It shows the frailty of human gods versus the true God I look to not for prosperity but fulfilling my genuine self worth in Him and not on material things.
The marble statue of Vespasian was a statue of the young Greek named Antinous. Historians, described Antinous as a homosexual when revealed he had a homosexual relationship with another man named Hadrian. And yes, homosexual relationships even occurred back in Roman times as well. Also Romans, like the Egyptians, worshiped gods in the form of creatures or in the form of this man. The event occurred when Antinous drowned in the Nile River. The drowning occurred on the same day the that another drowning occurred in the Nile of the god Osiris. There may have been just a coincidence between the drowning of Antinous and the Eqyptian god Osiris, but some may have maintained the the god's drowning may have played a factor in Antinous's drowning. I like the fact that there may have been a coincidence between Antinous's drowning and Osiris drowning and the fact that people can put more emphasis on coincidences for worship rather that look at ultimate faith. The creativity in sculpture and marble back then was very detailed and the fact that this piece along with many other statues can last such a long time.
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